It can be difficult for pet parents to spot signs of illness in their dogs, as these animals are skilled at hiding them. By the time symptoms become noticeable, the illness may have already progressed significantly. Dogs tend to display discomfort when the symptoms worsen, which could mean they have been sick for a while. Therefore, it’s important to be observant of any signs that may indicate your dog is unwell.
Increased or decreased urination
It’s important to watch out for signs such as difficulty urinating, changes in urine output, or blood in urine to determine if your dog is unwell. This is especially important for senior dogs. Bloody urine could indicate health problems such as bladder stones, urinary tract infections, blood disorders, or cancer. Frequent urination could be a sign of kidney problems.
Low energy levels
It’s important to keep an eye on your dog’s energy levels. If you notice that they are more lethargic or lazy than usual, it could be a sign that they are feeling under the weather. They may seem unusually tired or sluggish and may not be as playful or responsive as they normally are. If you observe any of these symptoms, taking your dog to the vet for a checkup is a good idea to ensure they are in good health.
Loss of appetite
Most dogs will immediately gobble up whatever food you place before them, whether it is their meal or special treats. However, if your dog refuses to eat breakfast or dinner and even turns up their nose at their favorite treat, you need to pay attention. Several things like nausea, infections, tooth pain, hormonal imbalances, gut pain, and anxiety can affect a dog’s appetite and will to eat. If your dog’s appetite has reduced, consult a vet as soon as possible to understand the cause.
Changes in personality
Many times pain or discomfort will bring about behavioral changes in your dog. Their personality will change. Some dogs become very lethargic, while others become aggressive, especially when you touch a part of their body that is causing pain or discomfort. Some dogs become withdrawn, and some show signs of clinginess. Always be aware of a sudden change in your dog’s personality, which can indicate that they are sick.